Eye Boogies

Sep 15, 2016

We have so many dogs that come in with very crusty eyes. We often have to shave out weeks worth of eye boogies. The eye area is not only very sensitive, but very delicate as well. The eye boogies collect over time and create a shell of moist bacteria. This can cause staining, infections, and eye irritation. Often when we have to shave out that area the dog ends up with irritations, razor burns, and sometimes nicks. The easiest solution? Wipe your dogs eyes daily. If you stay on top of it you can wipe their eyes with a Kleenex. Sometime a warm, wet cloth is needed to break up the gunk. And in extreme cases you need to seek a groomer, or even a vet!

Dental Care

Sep 01, 2016

The good news for dogs is they’re not as prone to cavities as human beings are, but dogs can still develop problems like tartar and plaque buildup and gingivitis. But it’s not just bad breath and yellow teeth you have to worry about. As with humans, these canine dental problems can actually lead to life-threatening infections and issues including heart, liver, and kidney disease.

If your dog can brush his own teeth, you can stop reading this article and start posting the video to YouTube. For the rest of us, we have to use a canine toothbrush and a little strategy. The best brush to use is double-headed with the brushes at a 45 degree angle.

Your dog might not go for the tooth brushing at first, but hopefully, you can make it a reasonably pleasant experience for both of you. Try and choose a time when your dog has had a decent amount of exercise, so he’s more inclined to sit still for the procedure. Don’t overdo it the first few times. Start slowly and quit if your dog gets agitated, even if you don’t brush the whole mouth. You can increase the time every day as he gets used to it. Also, make sure to speak soothingly and pleasantly during the brushing and reward your dog with a treat afterwards. Before too long, your dog should start looking forward to the event.

Do NOT use regular human toothpaste for your dog. Most human toothpastes include fluoride, which is extremely poisonous to dogs. You can find toothpaste formulated for dogs at most good pet stores.
If the tooth brushing ends in blood, sweat, or tears, there are still choices you can make to help improve your dog’s oral health. Crunchy kibble is better for your dog’s teeth than soft food, chew toys will help with brushing, and tartar control liquids can be added to your dog’s water.

There are many synthetic and natural bones and chew toys for your dog to chew on. Just make sure to take into account the calories they provide and always supervise your dog when they are gnawing down on a bone.

There are many tartar control liquids that can be added to your dog’s water to help with tartar build up. Just make sure to talk with your vet to find the right one for your dog.

Whether you brush your dog’s teeth or not, you should have a look inside his mouth every week or so. If you notice any of these signs of dental problems, then take your dog to the vet:

  • Bad breath
  • Change in eating or dog chewing habits
  • Pawing at the face or mouth
  • Depression
  • Excessive drooling
  • Misaligned or missing teeth
  • Discolored, broken, missing or crooked teeth
  • Red, swollen, painful or bleeding gums
  • Yellowish-brown tartar crust along the gum line
  • Bumps or growths within the mouth

Even with healthy teeth, just like you, your dog should have his teeth checked by a professional every six to twelve months. Your vet should include a dental examination with a normal checkup, but ask for it if they don’t.

Dental care can be a hassle for humans and dogs, but proper maintenance can be a money saver in the long run and even a lifesaver. Letting it go can lead to costly and often painful vet visits down the road. Many dogs have to be given anesthesia to have their teeth and gums cleaned if the buildup is bad enough. Keep your dog’s mouth clean though, and you’ll both be smiling!

Switch your dog's food

Aug 25, 2016

We have all been in the position where we have had to switch our dog’s food. Whether it is because you want to try something different or because your current food isn’t sitting right with your dog, the switch needs to be gradual.Switching too quickly can cause an upset stomach or diarrhea.

When switching your dog’s food do it over about a 14 day period.

  • Days 1-5 mix ¾ of the original food and ¼ of the new food
  • Days 6-10 mix the original food and new food ½ and ½
  • Days 11-15 mix ¼ of the original food and ¾ of the new food

Do keep it mind that this mixing schedule is only a guideline.If you dog has a sensitive try stretching it out to 7 days before the new mix.

First Aid

Aug 04, 2016

As we all know accidents happen! Most minor injuries can be treated at home with the aid of a few key items. It’s a great idea to have a first aid kit for your pooch. Here is a list of items you should have in your kit:

  • Phone numbers: your veterinarian, the nearest emergency-veterinary clinic (along with directions!) and a poison-control center or hotline
  • Paperwork for your pet (in a waterproof container or bag): proof of rabies-vaccination status, copies of other important medical records and a current photo of your pet (in case he gets lost)
  • Nylon leash
  • Vet Wrap (bandage that stretches and sticks to itself but not to fur)
  • Muzzle or strips of cloth to prevent biting (don't use this if your pet is vomiting, choking, coughing or otherwise having difficulty breathing)
  • Absorbent gauze pads
  • Adhesive tape
  • Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder or spray
  • Cotton balls or swabs
  • Gauze rolls
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting—do this only when directed by a veterinarian or a poison-control expert)
  • Ice pack
  • Petroleum jelly (to lubricate the thermometer)
  • Rectal thermometer (your pet's temperature should not rise above 103°F or fall below 100°F)
  • Scissors (with blunt ends)
  • Sterile saline solution (sold at pharmacies)
  • Tweezers
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl®), if approved by a veterinarian for allergic reactions. A veterinarian must tell you the correct dosage for your pet's size.
  • Expired credit card or sample credit card (from direct-mail credit-card offers) to scrape away insect stingers
  • Nail clippers
  • Polysporin
  • Penlight or flashlight
  • Plastic eyedropper or syringe
  • Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) to clean the thermometer
  • Tongue depressors

Check the supplies in your pet's first-aid kit occasionally and replace any items that have expired.

Life Hacks

Jul 28, 2016

Here are a few life hacks to help making life with a dog even easier!

  • Add fresh parsley to your dog’s food to help freshen breathe
  • Use a lint roller after the park to check for ticks. Run it over your dog and yourself
  • Hide medication inside cooked penne pasta
  • If you have a dog that eats too fast, trying putting a ball in their bowl to slow them down a bit
  • To remove pet here from furniture dampen a pair of rubber gloves and run over the furniture
  • Pumpkin can help calm an upset stomach
  • Use baking soda and vinegar to remove urine stains from carpet
  • Vaseline on paws can protect them from the snow
  • For a cool summer treat cut up apples and free with low sodium vegetable broth in ice cube trays

Mental Stimulation

Jul 21, 2016

Not only do you need to exercise your dog’s body, but you need to exercise their brains too! Think about it in the sense of a treadmill. Would you rather jump on a treadmill and shut off your mind and just run to nowhere or would you rather run on a trail where there are different things to jump over and climb on. Keeping your dog’s brain alert and focus is very important. It can help keep them from getting bored, disruptive, or destructive. On top of your 45-60 minutes of exercise every day try and incorporate mental exercise too! It could be fly ball, agility, hide and seek, playing with other dogs, etc. Even practicing tricks or attending training classes is a great mental workout for your dog. Walk a different path every time and switch up which parks you take your dog to. You will be surprised how mental stimulation can tire out your dog.

Nail Care

Jul 14, 2016

So many questions are asked when it comes to nail care. How often, why is it important, can I do it myself, what if my dog hates it?
Keeping your dog's nails trimmed is very important. Overgrown nails can lead to discomfort when walking, joint problems, sore legs, and damage to you and your belongings.

A lot of people have problems doing it at home because their dog can be a little fussy. For only $10 bring them into the Mutt Hutt and we can filing them nice and smooth for you. We are professionals and do it 10-15 times a day, so we have gotten pretty good at it.

Sometimes when your dog goes too long in between nail trims the vein, or quick, can grow out too.This causes the groomer to only be able to safely trim a short amount off your dog’s nail.This can be reversed by trimming your dog’s nails on a short and consistent schedule.This typically takes about 4-6 months.

We recommend that dogs should have their nails trimmed every 4-6 weeks. Our rule of thumb is if you can hear them clicking, it is time for a clipping.

Non-Pet Pet Friendly

Jul 07, 2016

Did you know there are non-pet stores that are pet friendly?

Urban Barn, Peavy Mart, Rona, and most greenhouses allow you to bring your leashed dog into the store. I know this is hard to understand, but just because you love your dog doesn’t mean that everyone does! If you head to a store that allows pets be respectful of other people and the store.

  • Keep your dog under control and on a short leash, literally.Don’t allow them to greet everyone, let them approach your dog if they want
  • Don’t stand in the middle of isles.Pick a side and give shoppers ample room to move around you and your pooch
  • When passing shoppers put yourself between them and your pooch.
  • If your pooch gets too excited or too rowdy take them outside to calm them down.
  • If they mark it you buy it

Do you know any non-pet pet friendly stores in Saskatoon?

The Furminator

Jun 01, 2016

The Furminator is a great tool and worth its weight in gold for the right coat, in the right hands. It is designed to pull out dead undercoat from shedding dogs. It works best for short haired dogs like labs, shepherds, some golden retrievers, pugs, mastiffs, and some terriers. It is completely useless for dogs like shih tzus, bichons, poodles, etc, as these dogs do not shed. We also recommend that some breeds like Huskies, Malamutes, Samoyed, Pomeranians, Newfies, and Pyrenees avoid the Furminator. It is an aggressive tool and can really damage the guard hair on these breeds.

Because it is such an aggressive tool you should only brush 2 or 3 swipes over the same area maybe once a week. It can cause coat damage and major skin irritation. It may even bruise the skin if over used. This happens more often than you might think as people get quite excited with all the dead coat coming out. The Furminator is a finishing tool, so make sure to completely brush out your dog’s coat before using it. There should be no mats and no thick areas of undercoat. It is also important that the tool be used on a completely dry coat to avoid any coat or skin damage.

Hot Spots

May 25, 2016

Hot spots, also known as acute moist dermatitis, are red, moist, hot and irritated lesions. Hot spots often grow at an alarming rate within a short period of time because dogs tend to lick, chew and scratch the affected areas, further irritating the skin. Hot spots can become quite painful.

Anything that irritates the skin and causes a dog to scratch or lick them self can start a hot spot. Hot spots can be caused by allergic reactions, insect, mite or flea bites, poor grooming, underlying ear or skin infections, moist skin, and constant licking and chewing prompted by stress or boredom

Dogs who are not groomed regularly and have matted, dirty coats can be prone to developing hot spots, as can dogs who swim or who are exposed to rain. Additionally, dogs with hip dysplasia or anal sac disease can start licking the skin on their hind end. Thick-coated, longhaired breeds are most commonly affected.

To treat hot spots first, your vet will attempt to determine the cause of hot spots. Treatment may also include the following:

  • Shaving of the hair around the area which allows air and medication to reach the wound
  • Cleansing the hot spot with a non-irritating solution
  • Antibiotics and painkillers
  • Medication to prevent and treat parasites
  • E-collar or other means to prevent self-trauma as the area heals
  • Balanced diet to help maintain healthy skin and coat
  • Dietary supplement containing essential fatty acids
  • Corticosteroids or antihistamines to control itching

Best ways to prevent hot spots:

  • Make sure your dog is groomed on a regular basis, especially during the spring and summer months
  • Follow a strict flea control program as recommended by your veterinarian.
  • Maintain as stress-free an environment for your pet as possible.
  • Keep boredom and stress at bay. Make sure your dog gets adequate exercise and opportunities for play and interaction with his human family and, if he enjoys it, with other dogs.